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  • Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although a chicken may seem a strange choice for a bedfellow, sleeping with a poultry partner next to your bed could protect you from malaria, a new study suggests. Researchers found that one of the main mosquito species ( Anopheles arabiensis ) that transmits malaria in sub-Saharan Africa avoids chickens when looking for a meal of blood. The mosquitoes use their sense of smell to distinguish between chickens and a...

  • Cancer Experts Criticize Report on Rising Prostate Cancer Numbers

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Cancer Experts Criticize Report on Rising Prostate Cancer Numbers THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A headline-grabbing report earlier this week claimed that new cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States had skyrocketed 72 percent in the past decade. And the study authors from Northwestern University suggested the increase might be tied to a 2012 recommendation that men not be screened for prostate cancer by using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA, a protein produced b...

  • Could New 'Talk Therapy' Cut Cost of Treating Depression?

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Could New 'Talk Therapy' Cut Cost of Treating Depression? FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A simpler and less expensive form of talk therapy is as effective as the gold-standard treatment -- cognitive behavioral therapy -- for treating depression in adults, a new study suggests. The researchers found that so-called behavioral activation therapy treats depression just as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). But behavioral activation can be provided by mental health workers with minimal tr...

  • CDC Updates Zika Guidelines for Pregnant Women

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    CDC Updates Zika Guidelines for Pregnant Women MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday updated their Zika virus guidelines, saying that pregnant women could contract Zika from a sex partner of either gender. The virus can cause serious birth defects including microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains. The new update follows news last week of the first recorded female-to-male transmission of the virus during sex. While mosquitoes are by f...

  • Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory?

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory? THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulating a targeted area of the brain with small doses of weak electricity while you sleep may enhance your ability to remember what you learned the night before, new research finds. The new procedure is called transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). "We work with the brain, that's really unique about what we do. We listen in to brain activity and can boost what the brain already wants to do," s...

  • Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman's risk having a preterm baby, a new study suggests. The research included 200 mothers in Canada who provided information about stressful experiences when they were youngsters. One-third of the women had given birth preterm, while the others delivered at term. Preterm birth is considered to be any birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according...

  • Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A deadly "brain-eating" amoeba that lives in freshwater sources may be surviving in more northern areas of the United States thanks to climate change, health experts suggest. Minnesota health officials are still trying to confirm if the death of a Minnesota teen this summer was caused by the single-celled organism Naegleria fowleri . If confirmed, it would be the northernmost infection of Naeg...

  • Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients

    Posted: 08/01/2015

    Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy may worsen quality of life for some cancer patients who are nearing death, a new study finds. "Oncologists may presume there to be no harm in giving dying patients chemotherapy, but these data point to more harm than benefit," study author Dr. Holly Prigerson, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a college news release. The research included more than 300 patien...

  • Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that two classes of inexpensive generic drugs reduce the risk of death in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, a pair of new British studies find. The two classes of drugs -- called aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates -- can also be used together to increase the benefits and reduce some side effects, according to the authors of the studies published July ...

  • Cell Damage Occurs When People Have CT Scans: Study

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Cell Damage Occurs When People Have CT Scans: Study WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cellular damage occurs when people undergo CT scans, but whether or not this causes cancer or any other health problems is unclear, a new study finds. "The use of medical imaging for heart disease has exploded in the past decade," study senior author Dr. Joseph Wu, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, said in a Stanford news release. "These tests expose patients to a non-trivial amount of low-d...